Shiloh Vineyard Hosts Fall Harvest Celebration

It’s been another great year at Shiloh Vineyard, with an early crop of grapes to go into our Vidal Blanc, Brianna, and Noiret wines. Now it’s time to celebrate this bountiful harvest at the annual Fall Harvest Celebration!


Owners Kirk and Treva Johnston are experts at capturing the warmth and subtlety of a Kansas sunset inside a grape, including the latest vintage to be produced in the Vineyard; Chambourcin.


Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid created from a variety of grape that has only been widely available since 1963. It’s a dry red wine that boasts a deep color and aromatic profile. Naturally versatile, it pairs well with grilled meats as well as dark chocolate.


Chef Ean Mong will be preparing a four-course meal for the Fall Harvest event and has selected a menu that will accompany the night’s wine selections. Mong cultivated his culinary artistic skills in Las Vegas under the tutelage of Ronald Reagan’s former chef and Kirk and Treva are delighted to have him bring his talents to the Shiloh’s kitchen.


After the meal, enjoy a stroll around the grounds and relax under a canopy of stars. Shiloh Vineyard is Trego County’s premier event venue for weddings, showers, receptions and reunions. But don’t leave without picking up your favorite vintage to take home with you!


The Fall Harvest Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 29th at 6pm inside the Shiloh Vineyard barn located at 16079 M Rd. southwest of WaKeeney (check out directions on their website). This is one of their most popular events and seating is limited so make sure to reserve your spot at their table soon.


Pokemon Go at Cedar Bluff State Park


We’ve been invaded! Pokémon Go has come to Trego County and taken over Cedar Bluff State Park, but don’t worry—Saturday, October 1st is open season on the pesky virtual critters and the park is holding an event to bring out hunters, young and old.

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 Pokemon Flyer.jpgPokémon Go, first featured on Nintendo Game Boys, has a long history of being tracked, captured, and trained. Today’s mobile version takes those same challenges outside, placing the characters all around you via your mobile device’s GPS system, so, now it’s your family’s turn to ferret the characters out. Download the app here, then head out on the trail with your cell phones to locate hundreds of Pokémon you’ll see overlaid on our beautiful prairie landscape through your cell phone’s screen.

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Trego - Pokemon.jpgThere will be ten Pokémon Stops and three Gyms to be found in the Bluffton Area Campground on the North side and two Pokémon Stops and one Gym in the Page Creek Park on the South side. For Saturday’s event park officials will be placing additional Lure Modules in three different Pokestops throughout the Bluffton Area Campground during the hours of 10am to 8pm.

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This event is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas in honor of Healthy Trails Day and AmeriCorp Members will be available to answer any questions you might have. No Vehicle permits will be required but camping fees will apply. Make sure to show up with a charged phone (free charging will be available in non-reserved electrical campsites) and Wifi will be available at spots throughout the park.

Join us this Saturday, October 1st for Cedar Bluff State Park’s very first Pokémon Go hunt!

Bicycle Broncs Ride the Range at Cedar Bluff State Park

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Saddle up bicycle cowboys and girls, and get ready for the Bike Rodeo at Cedar Bluff State Park this Saturday, September 24th!

Park officials are celebrating National Bike In Your Park Day with a morning dedicated to the joys of bicycling and the safety needed to make all your two-wheeled journeys memorable experiences.


The event begins at 9am in the Overland Campground parking lot where officers from the Trego County police force will be on hand to provide bicycle safety inspections and school bicyclists of all ages in on and off road safety.


Once you’ve got the basics down take your bike and head out on the trail! We have paved trails for leisurely rides and a BMX course for the thrill seekers. The Agave Ridge Trail is a great ride, taking you through beautiful natural settings where you’re sure to see an abundance of wildlife.


Join us Saturday, September 24th from 9am to 11am at Cedar Bluff State Park’s Bike Rodeo! Children will need to be accompanied by an adult and everyone must bring their own bike and helmet in order to participate. Vehicle permits are still required to get into the park and you can register for the event when you purchase your permit. And, don’t miss out on registering to win a bike in their drawing!

Homecoming Week Brings the TCHS Spirit to WaKeeney

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Break out your purple and gold because it’s Homecoming Week (September 19-24) at Trego Community High School during Homecoming Week.

Join us on Custer Field Thursday evening for the Powder Puff Football Game when the TCHS women take to the field in two challenging games of flag football. Sponsored by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club, the games will be Freshmen against Sophomores, then Juniors against Seniors. It might sound like a lighter version of the game you’ll be watching on Friday but our women have a lot of skills and competitive spirit and it will be a great way to warm up your cheering voice before
the big game the following night.

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Afterwards, join us at the annual homecoming bonfire sponsored by the Future Farmers of America club, where the cheerleaders will be stirring up the crowd in anticipation of Friday’s match-up against the Wallace County Wildcats.

On Friday afternoon follow the sound of the sound of cheers to Downtown WaKeeney for a pep rally at the crossroads of Main Street and Russell Avenue. The TCHS cheerleaders will be leading us in the fight song and the football team willmake an appearance before heading back to the school to suit up for the seven o’clock game on September 23rd.


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Take your seat in the grandstand early to watch the 6:45pm crowning ceremony of the 2016-2017 Homecoming King and Queen. Then settle in for thrilling action out on the field and fun in the stands when the teams take to the field. This year has started off great with a 2-0 record, so we have high hopes for a great finish at their first home game in WaKeeney.

Join us for exciting action during Homecoming week at TCHS!

Checking Out the WaKeeney City Library

There’s nothing like digging into a great page-turner on a quiet afternoon. From the classics to pulp fiction, from mystery to romance; novels carry us away to other worlds and sets our imaginations free. At the WaKeeney City Library you’ll find thousands of opportunities to escape into a good book, and many more adventures, too!


The Library’s collection is constantly being updated with the latest bestsellers in fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, poetry, and reference books in traditional and large print novels, inter-library loans, audio and E-books (available through our partnership with the Kansas State Library). No matter what you’re looking for our librarians can get you access to your favorites.

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A modern day library isn’t only a place for casual reading. In today’s world libraries have evolved into an adjunct business center, too. Public use computers with free Internet access and printers are available at ours for those who need a place to get online, and a copier and fax machine are also available (fees apply for copier and fax use).

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Peruse local, regional, and national newspapers, periodicals and magazines in the library’s archive. It contains decades of the most popular publications. Movies are available to rent through the library, too, with every genre from the Silent Age to the latest Hollywood releases available.


The WaKeeney library hosts reading programs and story time hours for adults and children throughout the year, and special events are regularly scheduled in the community room. There’s always something going on at the library!

Hours vary at the WaKeeney City Library so check out their website to find out more.

Take WaKeeney’s Subway to Your Next Lunch Hour

Living in Trego County gives us a chance to enjoy beautiful commutes every morning when we head out in our car to go to work. Open roads and calming vistas are our car pool passengers and the conversation is just what we choose it to be. It’s a good way to start the workday, but you’re going to need a great lunch to go with it. That’s your cue to turn into the WaKeeney Subway.


Everyone loves a Subway sandwich. Fresh baked bread, a wide selection of meats and cheeses and you’re choice of vegetables sets you up for a lunch packed with powerful nutrients to get you through the second half of your day.

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Subway has the carb conscious people covered, too, with salad versions of your favorite sandwiches. My favorite is the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki, which is delicious in a sandwich or a bowl. Get started finding your favorite sandwich, or go rouge and choose your own combination of ingredients. Subway’s sandwich specialists will take you down the line and fill your order with flavor.

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Add a bag of chips and a cookie to your sandwich and you’re bag of goodies will be a midday treat that you’ll soon be wanting every weekday. And for those of you whose workday starts before sun-up, Subway now offers breakfasts. Sizzlin’ bacon and eggs and melted cheese served up on toasted flatbread or a bun can be taken to the next level with a layer of juicy tomatoes or spicy jalapeños.

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Next time you jump into your car to head to work, don’t forget to grab a sandwich at your favorite Subway shop at I-70’s Exit 127 in WaKeeney and bring some freshness to your workday lunch.

A Relaxing Labor Day Spent at Cedar Bluff State Park

Sunshine warms you and a wisp of a breeze carries the first scent of fall. The birds are chirping as waves roll across a sandy beach. So often this is the daydream we imagine as we sit behind a desk. It’s a paradise we believe is a million miles away, but not this Labor Day weekend!

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Cedar Bluff State Park is the perfect place to recharge this Labor Day weekend. With the amount of rain we’ve had this year the water is high, the bluffs are green and the wildflowers have brightened up the landscape.

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There’s plenty of open water for jet skiing, wind-surfing, wake boarding, swimming, and fishing.

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Agave Ridge Trail on the lake’s south shore will be open for people who are looking to get close to nature on an even, open trail, and birders have a great chance to spot some of their favorite species at Page Creek.

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Bring your picnic basket. There are plenty of spaces to sit down together with family and friends to enjoy a bite under the shade of a tree.

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Our campgrounds will be lively with the great people who’ve made Cedar Bluff their home away from home all summer long. You’ll find a sandy beach area and a full service shower house there, making it one of the park’s most active spots.

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Stop to smell the Maximilian sunflowers. They are a bright spark of color just outside the door of the rentable cabins and they beautifully compliment the blue water of Cedar Bluff.

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At the end of the day, take in the awe-inspiring site of a Western Kansas sunset. Our state is famous for being one of the best places in the world to watch this amazing daily event, and we couldn’t agree more.

This Labor Day give yourself a break by spending the day outside at Cedar Bluff State Park. It’s the perfect ending to this amazing summer!